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Williamstown Lacking Candidates for May Election
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
04:56AM / Tuesday, March 07, 2023
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — With two weeks left to submit completed nomination papers for May's town election, just two individuals have taken out papers for the six seats that will be on that ballot.
Town Clerk Nicole Beverly reported Monday morning that only incumbent Andy Hogeland has taken out papers for one of two seats on the Select Board that will be decided in the May 9 election.
In the race to fill one year of an unexpired term on the Planning Board, only Benjamin Greenfield has taken out papers.
Neither potential candidate had yet returned papers by Monday morning with the required signatures to get a spot on the ballot.
In addition to the two three-year seats on the Select Board and the one-year seat on the Planning Board, the town election will have a full five-year seat on the Planning Board and two three-year seats on the Milne Library Board of Trustees on the ballot.
Nomination papers were released on Feb. 6 and are due back with the required signatures by 5 p.m. Tuesday, March 21.
Candidates need to secure at least 31 signatures of registered voters to earn a spot on the ballot. Beverly suggests that candidates aim for more signatures in case some cannot be verified by the Board of Registrars.
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